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This SoCal theme park is open 365 days this year. You’ll want that season pass now.

Six Flags Magic Mountain is going full bore in 2018, expanding its operating season by 100 day for what it’s calling 365 Days of Thrills.

The first 365 people through the gates each day next week will get free gifts, and there will be $3.65 food and gift specials on the first five days of each month through the year.

If you’ve come of age in the area, you likely have spent more than a few Saturday afternoons riding one of Magic Mountain’s 19 roller coasters.

The original Colossus was the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the world when it was built in 1978. It was closed in 2014 and has since been rebranded as Twisted Colossus (still an awesome ride). Slightly younger riders will remember the Ninja (the only suspended roller coaster west of the Mississippi) or the Viper (it goes 70 mph and has a 14-story drop) or the numerous DC Comic-themed rides (Batman and Superman, to name two). The millennials will know Tatsu (the flying coaster, you ride face down) and X2 (with its 360-degree rotating seats).

Typically, the park operated daily in the summer months and only on weekends and holidays in the off season. According to a release, the expansion will allow the company to “maximize travel industry opportunities” – translation: compete with other theme parks in Southern California to pull in vacationers.

Of course, the real winners in all of this are season pass holders, who could theoretically visit the theme park every day in 2018 if they were dedicated enough and started on Jan. 1 and didn’t get shut out by possible wildfires.

To that point, the park issued a challenge on its website. The season pass holder who visits Magic Mountain the most in 2018 will get a free All-In season pass for 2019. For those so inclined, a season pass can be had for $85 right now – the same price as a one-day ticket to the park.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee